Quick meditation can boost brain skills
The study, published in the journal Frontiers of Neuroscience, shows even people who have never meditated before can benefit from even a short meditation practice.
Researchers from Yale University and Swarthmore College in the US found that college students who listen to a 10-minute meditation tape perform better on cognitive tests than peers who listen to a "control" recording on a generic subject.
"We have known for awhile that people who practice meditation for a few weeks or months tend to perform better on cognitive tests, but now we know you don't have to spend weeks practicing to see improvement," said Hedy Kober, associate professor at Yale.
The research team randomly divided college students into two groups. One group listened to a 10-minute recording on meditation prior to performing cognitive tests and the second group listened to a similarly produced tape about sequoia trees.
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